10 Hilarious Memes About Being Sleep Deprived from Reading

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If you love books, you’ve undoubtedly had to decide between getting some much needed shut-eye or reading just one more chapter — and by one more chapter, we mean the rest of the book. For those that tend to choose the “just one more chapter” option, check out these hilarious memes on the exhaustion that comes from staying up too late reading!

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For SF&F Writers: Building a Sense of Wonder

Notes From The Slush Pile

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So the new submission period for Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores is about to begin, and a substantial slush pile no doubt awaits. In my temporary role as Editorial Assistant, I no longer just read through stories and offer basic feedback to senior Editors on every aspect that pops into my head. Mainly, I send rejection notices. In trying to be as helpful and constructive as possible with these, I’ve noticed a trend I’d like to harp on, and that’s the tendency to treat the fantastic as mundane in the many worlds of speculative fiction.

Maybe it’s a sign of the age of the genres. As a writer and editor, I’ll be the first to admit that coming up with something truly breathtaking and original is getting harder. There is just such a massive volume of work out there for consideration and consumption that ideas and plots which might once…

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Serenity Falling available on pre-order #SCIFI #Bookboost

This time last year, I was on holiday, and finishing the draft of the 2nd and 3rd books in my Divided World Series.

At the time, I had yet to publish any of the series.

It’s been an eventful year, with Book 1 published in December, Book 2 now on pre-order, and Book 3 in the final stages of review before it is ready to go, too.

I often reflect on how much time I spent writing prior to publishing a book…over twenty years. And how easy it would have been to continue dabbling with out direction for another twenty. While I know not all reviews will be positive, I still need to pinch myself when a positive one pops up on Amazon. As a writer your greatest satisfaction comes from the knowledge that someone enjoyed your work.

I am grateful to all the people who offered encouragement (and the occasional threat) to ensure I took that final nervous step with publishing. Both the direct  encouragement from friends and family, and the indirect encouragement from the already published authors whose blogs and articles I read.

If you are yet to publish, I would like to offer you the same encouragement…just do it 🙂

Happy reading and writing everyone 🙂


About Book One – Divided Serenity

Long ago, when the ancients colonized the planet named Serenity, they displaced an indigenous population and constructed a dividing force-field wall. But when an earthquake destroys the power to the protective wall, only three people have the skills to repair it—until the first two disappear en route. Now Hannah, as the last expert, must go.  Her journey will take her into a native land engulfed by war between ancient enemies. Along the way, her own perceptions will be changed and she will find herself playing a part in a new rivalry between powerful forces in Shadowland determined at bringing down Aterra and that threaten to rip Shadowland apart.

Available to buy on all Amazon stores [Amazon US] [Amazon UK]

About Book Two – Serenity Falling 

With the power back and The Wall operational, the land of Aterra is once more safe from the savage armies that dwell in Shadowland. There is just one problem…the people of Aterra have no way of knowing that their protective wall is repaired, and their President, Bill Bremmer, is determined to exploit their ignorance and fear to pursue an agenda all his own, even if it means war. Once again finding herself in the middle of forces beyond her control, and with enemies and deception on all sides, Hannah tries desperately to save her home, and to discern the truth about those around her.

Available for pre-order on all Amazon stores, release 21st August [Amazon US] [Amazon UK]

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“Game of Thrones + High Tech = The Best of Both!”

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What I do when I am not writing…

So, I don’t always write in my spare time…occasionally I am allowed out for good behaviour.

These were taken while out walking in the local John Forrest National Park which is about 5 mins drive from our home. The Kangaroos below were snoozing next to the John Forrest Tavern in the park!


See if you can spot the 2 wallabies below 🙂

7 Stunning Libraries

The inner book nerd is delighted by this collection. Beautiful buildings full of beautiful books.

1. Trinity College Library in Dublin, Ireland

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2. Mexico City Library

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3. Stuttgart Library

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4. New York Library

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Source: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oscarfh/17902282471/

5. The Library of El Escorial in Madrid, Spain

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6. Strahov Monastery Library in Prague, Czech Republic

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Source: http://www.larbes.com/

7. Admont Abbey Library in Admont, Austria

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Why a bad protagonist is actually quite good #writing #amwriting

I am a big fan of protagonists with dubious character traits. There is something about a blurry line that adds flavour and depth. In fact, if the protagonist was to stop and consider themselves, they might think they were on the wrong side of that invisible virtuous line.

So in short, I like my protagonists…to be bad.

Why is a less than perfect protagonist good?

If you are the kind of person who goes to the gym 5 days a week, then going 5 days a week is no big thing. BUT, if you struggle to go once a week, then 5 days in a row is pretty impressive! And so with our protagonist. The more reluctant they are, and the more doing something good or heroic chafes, the more interesting it is when they are finally forced to comply.

As a reader, the more confused you are about the protagonists virtue, the more the tension grows. Will they do the right thing? Are they capable of doing the right thing even? Or are they just too damn lazy?

And what about our antagonist? Are they wholly bad? Or do they have redeeming qualities? Do you empathise with them at any point in the book? Perhaps their behaviour has been abhorrent, and then you discover a terrible secret about their past that casts new questions onto everything they have so far done.

There is a certain fascination with a good guy who is not completely good.

And likewise with a bad guy who is not completely bad.

Do the best you can…until you know better #writing #amwriting #writer

One of my favourite things about being a writer (and about writers collectively) is our constant quest for growth. The desire that grips us all to learn and improve our craft.

One of the best ways a writer can grow, learn and improve is by receiving genuine feedback on their writing. While we all love the positive feedback, we learn the most from the constructive kind.  

Sometimes when I look back at my old scribbles from ten years ago, I shake my head and wonder at my writing. Then I stop and realise how far my writing has come, and I look back on those old scribbles just a little bit more fondly. The only benchmark a writer should measure themselves against is their own, and however we improve, whether through beta-reader feedback, taking a course, or by reading about writing style, it can take many weeks, months, or even years for those improvements to show in our work.

So if you have been writing for a long while, or even a little while, go and have a peek back at some of the first things your wrote. You might be surprised by just how much you have improved, but you might also be pleasantly surprised that those old scribbles (while not perfect) are actually quite good.

Happy writing 🙂

This is the only guide you need to help get your writing wriggle on! #amwriting

Are you stuck in a writerly rut? Struggling to to find motivation?

Look no further, this is the only guide you need to help get your writing wriggle on.

 1.The epic desk tidy!

We all know that taking the time to create a tidy desk is the road to writerly success!

Isn’t it?

Hmm…Well, maybe not in all cases…

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2.The writer ritual!

Don’t have a writer ritual? No wonder you’re not meeting your target word count!

Because playing paticake with yourself is a sure fire winner!

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3. Enlist the help of your pets!

Ah…Is this even legal?

Pets helping writers

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4. Hire a professional speed writing coach!

Phew! I’m exhausted just watching him…

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5. Prepare nutritious snacks to keep you going

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Ok, maybe not…

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7. Take a course

If nothing else has worked so far this course will set you up for writing success!

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Happy writing 🙂